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Friday, 14 May 1915

Mr SPENCE - The answers to the honorable member's questions are -

1.   Yes.

2.   Consent was withheld in the case of the clerk referred to owing to the manner in which the staff of the Accounts Branch has been depleted by officers going to the war and other causes.

3.   Yes, as far as possible. So far 495 officers of the Department throughout the Commonwealth have been allowed to enlist, and officers have also been loaned to the Defence Department. That Department is now urging that an additional number of Accounts officers be lent, and every effort is being made by the Postal Department, to meet the request.

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